Former Navy Chief Admiral Arun Prakash in twitter said that there is a need to examine the performance of GTRE which has been developing GTX-35V/Kaveri engine for last 33 years and Government should now focus on recovering lost time and mus stop re-inventing the wheel and leap-frog in time by borrowing or buying reliable core engine technology by paying for it.

Prakash suggested M-88 engine core developed by the French Safran Aircraft Engines for the Dassault Rafale fighter to be used to develop the next generation of Kaveri engine which can be used to power AMCA/N-AMCA and MWF-AF/NAVY in the near future. Continue reading


With Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), a premier DRDO lab making elaborate preparations for transfer of technology on advanced versions of heavy and light weight torpedoes, Visakhapatnam is poised to find a place in world map of underwater weapon production.

NSTL Director O.R. Nandagopan has said on the sidelines of a daylong Navy-Industry User Meet in connection with the diamond jubilee of the lab set up in 1969 on Saturday that they had developed the design for advanced heavy weight and light weight torpedoes.In next two to three years, the transfer of technology (ToT) would be made, he said. Continue reading


Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir are on high alert after Pakistan reportedly shared with India information regarding the threat of a possible attack in Pulwama district. The alert warns against a possible attack by militants using an improvised explosive device mounted on a vehicle somewhere near Awantipora, the Indian Express reported.

A security official said the information had also been shared with the US. He added that the attack was being planned to probably avenge the death of Zakir Musa, who was killed in an operation in Tral last month. Musa launched and headed an al-Qaeda affiliate called Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind in Kashmir after breaking away from the Hizbul Mujahideen in May 2017, the report said. Continue reading


The armies of India and Myanmar carried out a three-week-long coordinated operation from May 16 in their respective border areas, targeting several militant groups operating in Manipur, Nagaland and Assam, defence sources said on Sunday. The first phase of “Operation Sunrise” was conducted three months ago along the Indo-Myanmar border, during which a number of camps of north-east-based militant groups were busted.

Myanmar is one of the strategic neighbours of India and shares a 1,640-km border with a number of north-eastern states, including the militancy-hit Nagaland and Manipur. Continue reading


The Indian Navy is benefitting from strategic logistics agreements signed by the NDA government with the US and France as its warships operating in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean Region are frequently getting fuel and other support for these countries’ naval bases and warships in the area.

“Our warships operate as per our mission-based deployments in the Indian Ocean Region, Gulf of Aden and the Persian Gulf are far away from our shores. The strategic logistics agreements with the US and France are helping them get fuel and other support from them,” senior Naval sources told ANI. Continue reading

SOURCE: Global Times

The Bureau of the Political-Military Affairs (PM) of the US Department of State on June 4 issued a fact sheet titled “US Security Cooperation With India” stating that “India plays a vital role in the US vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” and adding the US would advance its defense trade relationship and broader security partnership with the country.

According to the fact sheet, the US has supported the increase in total defense trade with India, which was at zero over a decade ago and now stands at $15 billion for 2019. In 2016, the US designated India as a Major Defense Partner. In 2018, India was granted Strategic Trade Authorization tier 1 status, which allows it to receive license-free access to a wide range of military and dual-use technologies that are regulated by the Department of Commerce. Continue reading


Pakistan has failed to complete 25 of the 27 action points given by the international terror financing watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to check funding to terrorist groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed and frontal groups like Jamat-ud-Dawah and Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation, sources said. With this, multilateral lenders like the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and the European Union may continue downgrading Pakistan, making its financial situation more precarious.

Pakistan is in deep trouble at the FATF meeting beginning Sunday in Florida in the US, people aware of the development said. “It has been unable to complete 25 of its 27 action points. It has one last chance, till its 15-month deadline ends in October 2019, when the FATF plenary will be held,” one of them added. Continue reading


The NIA has alleged that its probe into terror financing in Jammu and Kashmir has revealed that hardline separatist leaders received funds from abroad and utilised them for personal gains — from amassing properties to paying for foreign education of their kin. The agency has interrogated several top leaders of Hurriyat Conference and other organisations and claimed that they had confessed to receiving funds from Pakistan to fuel separatist sentiments among the people of Kashmir Valley.

In a statement issued Sunday, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said the firebrand leader of Duktaran-e-Milat, Asiya Andrabi, was grilled by it about the educational expenses of her son in Malaysia incurred by Zahoor Watali, who was arrested in a terror funding case. “During interrogation, Asiya Andrabi admitted that she had been collecting funds and donations from foreign sources and Duktaran-e-Milat had been organising protests by Muslim women in the valley,” it claimed. Continue reading


India had carried out one of its best evacuation operations from a war-like zone in 2006, when it brought back home around 2,300 people, including some from Sri Lanka and Nepal, who were caught in the Israel-Lebanon conflict, says a new book.

In Challenges of Governance: An Insider’s View, former Cabinet Secretary B K Chaturvedi recalls his experiences as a top bureaucrat on issues of governance, coalition politics and handling emergencies, like the evacuation of Indian citizens from the simmering war zone 13 years ago. It was a rescue operation designed to provide support to those persons, mostly Indian citizens, who were caught in the war-like zone of Lebanon-Israel, he says, noting that 12,000 Indians were living in Lebanon at the time. Continue reading


At least two Islamic State Jammu & Kashmir (ISJK) terrorists arrested from Srinagar in November 2018 for an attempted strike on a police party, were in online contact with a Pakistani and active Islamic State cadre based in Afghanistan, Huzaifa, who instigated and motivated them to work for Islamic State in J&K.NIA chargesheet in the case filed on May 22 names four accused — the motorcycle-borne attackers Tariq Ahmed Khan, Haris Mushtaq Khan and Asif Suhail Nadaf who jumped the police naka and attempted to lob a grenade — and Asif Majeed, who allegedly provided food and shelter to the co-accused and collected weapons at the instance of Haris.

As per the chargesheet accessed by TOI, the presence and influence of ISJK has been manifesting since 2014 when IS flags were first waved in Kashmir, followed by killing of IS-inspired Mugees Ahmed Mir in November 2017 whose body was wrapped in IS flag, declaration of Kashmir-based IS wing Al-Hind in 2016, killing of ISJK head Dawood and three others in Srigufwara in June 2018 and more recently, announcement by IS-linked Amaq News Agency in May of ‘Wilayah of Hind’ after the killing of ISJK terrorist Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi. Continue reading


In a moving gesture, Garud Commandos of the Indian Air Force (IAF) recently came forward to help in the wedding of their martyred friend’s sister in Bihar capital Patna.

IAF Garud commando Jyoti Prakash Nirala was martyred during a terrorist encounter in Jammu and Kashmir back in 2017. Before making the supreme sacrifice for the country, Nirala had gunned down five terrorists in different encounters. The nation later honoured the braveheart by bestowing the Ashok Chakra on him posthumously during the Republic Day celebrations in 2018. Continue reading


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu have used their “excellent” personal equation to deepen the bilateral ties which are moving in an “upward trajectory”, India’s Ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor has said.

Ties between India and Israel, into the 27th year now, strengthened with Mr. Modi’s historic visit to the country in July 2017 during first term, Mr. Kapoor told PTI. Stating that the relationship is moving in an “upward trajectory”, the envoy said, “Modi and Netanyahu share an excellent equation and it is in their tenure that we have had Modi coming to Israel for the first time and Netanyahu visiting India”. Continue reading


About 160 Indian military personnel with their families arrived in Colombo on Saturday on a three-day visit, as part of an exchange programme that seeks to promote military ties through reciprocal visits to key, mostly religious, sites in the two countries.

The team will visit popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, including the Temple of the Tooth in the central Kandy city and the beach town of Galle, south of Colombo. Simultaneously, as many Sri Lankan military officers and their families left for India on Saturday, on a “special pilgrimage trip” to Bodh Gaya organised by the Indian High Commission. The group will visit the Mahabodhi Temple, the 80 feet statue of the Buddha, Rajgir and Nalanda museum, a statement said. This is the second consecutive year that the Sri Lankan military officials and their families are going on a religious tour in India. Continue reading

SOURCE: Daily Excelsior

Indian peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan have been commended by the world body and local communities for their vital help in repairing roads and providing solar lamps to a hospital.

Indian military engineers serving with the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), along with peacekeepers from Bangladesh, China, Thailand and South Korea repaired over 2500 kilometers of roads to support economic growth in conflict-affected country, efforts that will go a long way in helping build a peaceful and prosperous future for the African country. Continue reading


ELTA Systems has introduced the next generation of ELM-2084 Multi-Mission Radar (MMR) and has offered the system to all current operators of the previous generation system operators. MS-MMR fuses additional ELTA sensors to the main MMR system thereby providing an active, passive, and combined Air Situational Picture (ASP) and will be revealed at upcoming Paris Air Show.

MS-MMR has been fined tuned and now comes with additional sensors with higher accuracy, faster update rates and upgraded identification of aerial threats including that of platforms such as drones and UAVs, tactical aerial weapons, cruise missiles, and ballistic rockets.MS-MMR is also capable of detecting platforms with low RCS (Radar Cross Section) incorporating a certain level of stealth technology. Continue reading